Healthcare organizations see data security and compliance as top factors in adopting hybrid cloud

Nutanix (NASDAQ: NTNX), the leader in enterprise cloud computing, recently released a special report on the healthcare industry in the 2019 Enterprise Cloud Index Report. The report assesses how healthcare organizations plan to adopt private, public, and hybrid clouds.

To meet the growing demand for healthcare services, healthcare organizations around the world are under pressure to drive digital transformation. Overall, data from the 2019 Enterprise Cloud Index Report found that digital transformation has had a significant impact on cloud deployments across industry verticals, and healthcare is no exception, with 68% of healthcare organizations agreeing with this trend. Consistent with key IT trends in healthcare, healthcare organizations see personalized medicine (52%) and AI assistants (44%) as having a positive impact on cloud deployments. For medical institutions, the use of cloud technology is essential to provide leading medical services.

The healthcare industry also faces regulatory issues, so compliance is one of its top considerations. In fact, more than half of healthcare industry respondents (55%) cite data storage regulations as the top factor affecting future cloud deployment patterns. The report also found that healthcare organizations are less concerned about costs and budgets than speeding up IT deployments.

Other findings of the report include:

Security and compliance listed as top factors driving cloud deployment decisions: Data security and compliance top healthcare organizations’ choices when respondents asked about the top factors that determine the environment in which a given workload will run The highest percentage (29%). By contrast, the second-ranked cost factor was a far cry, with only about 16 percent of healthcare companies citing cost as the most important factor. Additionally, more than half of healthcare industry respondents (60.4%) said that inter-cloud security will be the biggest factor affecting their future cloud deployments.

Hybrid cloud is considered the safest operating model, and public cloud ranks the lowest in terms of security: In the 2019 Enterprise Cloud Index Report survey, hybrid cloud was considered the safest operating model for IT by almost all industries. The percentage was even higher among respondents in the healthcare industry. Thirty-three percent of healthcare organizations believe hybrid cloud is the most secure IT operating model, compared with an average of approximately 28 percent of all respondents in the 2019 report. Healthcare IT professionals consider unmanaged, on-premises private cloud the second most secure infrastructure (21%), far less than hybrid cloud. Healthcare organizations consider public cloud to be the least secure infrastructure, and only about 7 percent of healthcare organizations consider public cloud to be the most secure option.

Hybrid cloud deployments are expected to expand significantly: The vast majority of healthcare organizations (87%) believe hybrid cloud is the ideal IT operating model. In the next three to five years, the deployment rate of hybrid cloud in healthcare organizations will increase by a net 44%, while traditional data center deployments will decrease by about 35%. While other industries currently lead healthcare in hybrid cloud deployments, the Enterprise Cloud Index report found that healthcare organizations believe that barriers such as tools and cloud skills that hinder hybrid cloud deployments will soon be addressed.

Cheryl Rodenfels, Healthcare Industry Strategist at Nutanix, said: “Today’s healthcare organizations are looking to improve the care experience, enhance data interoperability, and provide online and value-driven care. Without a flexible and secure cloud infrastructure, these goals It’s hard to do. A hybrid cloud model can help IT teams protect patient data and ensure regulatory compliance, while allowing healthcare organizations to continue delivering advanced technology services that extend the healthcare experience into the digital space.”

The 2019 survey respondents came from a variety of industries and business sizes, including the Americas, EMEA, Asia Pacific and Japan.

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